Since the end of World War II, food insecurity and a rapid population growth initiated the birth of conventional farming, aka: industrial farming. The goal of conventional farming, to produce the highest possible yield of crops; relies on practices such as heavy irrigation, intensive tillage, mono-cropping, and a significant amount of chemical and energy input. The widespread use of these practices releases significant amounts of carbon into the atmosphere, contributing to the rise of CO2 levels.
Increased levels of atmospheric CO2 have a direct affect on climate change, causing global warming. It is predicted that global warming will lengthen the amount of frost-free days and the growing season; it will cause changes in precipitation patterns, with a trend toward heavy precipitation events; droughts in the southwest; and heat waves and a rise of summer temperatures everywhere.
In addition, conventional farming contributes to the degeneration of soil quality, eliminates biodiversity, and alters the natural environment. As a result, it is predicted that our food supply will be degraded within the next 50 years, leading to serious damage to our public health.
Regenerative Agriculture practices improve the land by regenerating, revitalizing and improving the soil. Healthy soil is capable of producing high quality, nutrient dense food while providing a long-term storage sink for carbon. A vibrant and living soil food web supports clean water, guards against droughts, and restores ecosystems. A paradigm shift from conventional farming to regenerative agriculture is the solution to solving the CO2 emissions, increasing demand on our food supply, and even climate change.